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SpIFF Presents World Shorts (1)
February 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm PST$10
Sponsored by Eastern Washington University.
Tickets are available at: https://spokanefilmfestival.org/event/world-shorts-4/
World / 84 min / Short Films
Various languages with English subtitles
A selection of the finest short films from around the world. With English subtitles.
China / 5 min
Directed by Lei Lei
This film tells about a girl who had been followed and abused sexually suffered secondary injuries which were all from different treatments of people around her.
The Mandarin Tree
Germany / 18 min / Turkish with English Subtitles
Directed by Cengiz Akaygün
After her father is arrested for political reasons by the Turkish government, little Sirin is finally allowed to visit him in prison for the first time. When a prison official interprets her painting of a bird as an anarchistic symbol and confiscates it, the girl is devastated, but her father encourages her to believe in the freedom of thought. For her second visit, she paints a “harmless” mandarin tree. – Will her hidden message be discovered?
Armenia / 20 min / Armenian with English Subtitles
Directed by Emily Mkritchian and Jesse Soursourian
What if fighting for your country meant going against some of its most traditional values? Motherland is a documentary about the women who shake tradition to rid their country of landmines leftover from a devastating ethnic war. Individually outcast; together, a collective – the deminers support each other as they take on the dangerous role of breaking stereotypes and securing the future of their war-torn republic.
Israel / 3 min / Animation / Russian with English Subtitles
Directed by Julia Trachtenberg
An almost forgotten memory of grandma “Matrushka” when she was a little girl. A young lonely girl that has only one thing in the whole wide world, her best friend, Winnie-pooh. The girl watches him on the television while her grandma making her “borscht” soup and she’s facing daily with the chance she might lose him.
Greece / 17 min / Greek with English Subtitles
Directed by Laura Neri
No two losses are alike, yet grieving can create its own sort of kinship.
Sometimes, He Paints Bathrooms
UK / 5 min
Directed by Laura Neri
An exploration and rationalization of an HIV diagnosis.
The First Day of April
Israel / 16 min / Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Shauly Melamed
Guli wakes up in the middle of the night and finds her father, Uri, preparing a prank for April Fools’ Day (April 1st), which begins that next morning. When she awakens in the morning she is surprised to hear that her father died during his morning jog at the kibbutz where they live. While her family is busy with the funeral preparations, Guli finds clues that maybe her father is playing a practical joke on everyone.